Musical Theatre Vocal Company presents 'Island Christmas'

The sounds of the islands will be coming to the Florida School of the Arts main stage at 2:30 p.m. Sunday as the Musical Theatre Vocal Company presents “Island Holiday” at 5001 St. Johns Ave., Palatka. 

 

In addition to selections that reflect the spirit of the islands, some traditional holiday songs will be sung by the company. One number will include a guitar accompaniment by students Cameron Bartelt and Evan Bowen. Solos will be sung by Alberto Blanco, Ana Costas, Emely Cuestas and Emma Gazdecki. 

The performance will also feature FloTunes, an eight-voice a cappella ensemble, who will sing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” as well as a couple of traditional Christmas carols. 

“A cappella singing in a small ensemble requires each singer to be independent on his or her own while paying careful attention to others so that the ensemble works together as one,” voice instructor Curt Tucker said. “It’s a challenge that we particularly enjoy.” 

The staging and choreography for a portion of the program are led by students Julie Barnes, Costas, Torie D’Allesandro, Brandon French, Ashley Leake, Angelee Ramos and Hayley Smith. 

“Several singers are doubling duty with help behind the scenes, including publicity and program design,” director Michael Sanflippo said. 

The Vocal Company, a required course for all musical theater majors at FloArts, focuses on the development of the skills necessary to function as a member of a musical theater ensemble at the professional level with sight-reading, choral harmonization and choreography. 

FloTunes, an eight-voice a cappella ensemble, will join the “Island Holiday” theme with a Hawaiian arrangement of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and two Christmas carols by Alfred Burt. The group will also join the larger ensemble for select numbers. 

“A cappella singing in a small ensemble requires each singer to be independent on his or her own while paying careful attention to others so that the ensemble works together as one,” said Voice Instructor Curt Tucker. “It’s a challenge that we particularly enjoy.” 

For information, call 386-312-4300 or go to floarts.org. 

 

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